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LAST CHANCE: Over $500 in Downloadable Resources for Youth Ministry, ONLY $49! It’s over in about 90 hours. Click here to grab it before it’s gone.

Resource Bundle includes::
A Social Media eBook for Churches (never been released!) written by Terrace Crawford
A Teaching Series Planning Guide
A Personal Growth Assessment
A Ready-to-Go Giving Letter for Donors\Sponsors
An Events Guide Brochure Template
A How-To Brochure Template
A Business Cards Template

RESOURCE BUNDLE MAIN FEATURES:
4 Week Teaching Series: There’s a Better Way to Live
4 Week Bible Study: Kingdom Leader
A One-off Message & Student Challenge Project: 21 Days
4 Week Teaching Series: I Am
A One-off Message: Last Words (of Jesus)
King or Kayne Crowd PPT Game
First Jobs Crowd PPT Game
Game of Phones Crowd PPT Game
Name This Crowd PPT Game
Admin Forms Package
Event Registration Agreement
Medical Release Template
Scholarship Application
Volunteer Sign-in Sheet
Student Leadership Application
One off Permission Form
Baptism (Event) Media Package
Ministry Strategic Planning Worksheet
Budget Planning Guide
Social Media Weekly Planning Guide
Facebook Promo Graphics Package
A Social Media Inspirational Graphics Package
Youth Ministry Marketing Template
Personal Leader Assessment
Ministry Assessment

It disappears in just a few days. Go grab a Resource Bundle.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Youth Ministry Black Friday Deal

ministry-downloadsIt’s no surprise that Black Friday is almost here. There’s always a sense of anticipation as people look for the great deal. This Black Friday, youth pastors can score a great deal of youth ministry resources.

On Black Friday an End of the Year Resource Bundle will be available at Ministry Downloads for youth pastors.  There will be over $500 worth of ministry resources for only $49!  Plus, there bonuses & prizes for the FIRST 10 to purchase!  You can head to the site, sign up to be notified when it goes live and get your hands on some resources for your ministry including teaching series, Bible studies, games and more.

Check out Ministry Downloads for a Black Friday youth ministry deal…and you don’t have to fight the crowds!

 

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Is Facebook Dead? (Hint: it’s not…)

facebook-jaggedSocial media has changed the way we interact with each other and the world.  I saw a story on the news today that people are angry at Facebook for allowing false news story to be posted on the site.  The problem?  Those false news stories, some are saying, had a negative impact on our recent presidential election.  How true that might be is unclear, but it does speak to the fact that social media has a huge influence in our world.

I received an email this week from Jon Acuff with the title Is Facebook Dead?  I thought what he shared was pretty interesting in regards to how Facebook stacks up in numbers with other social media sites.

Near the beginning of this year I posted some information I read about the State of Social Media.  I have also shared an article about the growth of Instagram and other social media related topics.  I think it’s interesting to see what’s happening with real numbers compared to what other people are saying about the power and reach of various social media platforms.

Basically, that’s what Acuff shared.  In his article he gives information about the same article he posted on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  While all of those social media sites showed good engagement from those who saw it, Facebook had the largest numbers far and away.

Here are the numbers:  On Facebook, it was shared 7,384 times. It was liked 18,000 times. And most importantly, it had a reach of 2,899,540 people. Let me repeat that. On Facebook, the post reached 2.8 million people.

Then Acuff made these two observations:

  1. If you’re an entrepreneur, ignore Facebook at your peril.
  2. Facebook might not be the coolest platform, but it is the most effective

You can see the entire article on Jon Acuff’s website.  If you are one who uses social media to engage others, this is pretty interesting information to think about.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Junior High Retreat ’16

For those in youth ministry, fall tends to be retreat season. We participate each year in two retreat hosted at our church camp, Butler Springs. This weekend we will take students to the High School Retreat. Just over a week ago we participated in the Junior High weekend. The theme was Lost & Found and we emphasized how God celebrates when lost people are found.

Our group enjoyed the weekend as we sang together, played games, hung out, looked for Pokemon and even dressed up in costumes!

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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IMPACT Color War ’16

To kick off this school year we planned to do a fun thing that many youth groups have done – a Color War. The weather didn’t cooperate so we had to reschedule. A few weeks later we got together on a sunny Sunday October afternoon after small groups and had our first ever IMPACT Color War. It was a blast!

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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IMPACT 16-17 Calendar

IMPACT 2016-2017School is back in session and we are gearing up for a great school year in IMPACT Student Ministry. The image above is a snap shot of the special events and activities planned for the next 9 months.  The school year is full with academic, athletic and other extra-curricular activities.  We hope that by getting this information out early, it will help families and students balance the busy schedules.

Here is some more specific information for upcoming events.

Small Groups promo 16-17

Small Groups start September 11!  Small Groups have become one of the most important things we do in the school year. We have some great adults who meet regularly with students to talk about life, read the Bible together, ask questions and pray together.  We think that the relationships that are developed in small groups are so helpful and important that we encourage all of our students to be a part of a group.  There is still time to get signed up for a group.  Register online to be a part of Small Groups!

As part of our Small Group kick-off on September 11, we will have an IMPACT Tailgate Party @ 9:30 am.  Our Junior High and High School classes will meet in the front parking lot of the church for breakfast, games and a fun start to the school year. People get geared up for the big game by tailgating.  We are getting geared up for a great year of small groups…so let’s tailgate.

color wars imageTo welcome student back to the regular schedule of the school year, we are having a IMPACT Kick-Off Event on Saturday, September 17, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  We will have food, play 9 Square in the Air (our students love this game) and we will end with our very first Color War.  Students need to wear a white shirt for this event. This is also a great time for our students to bring a friend.  We ask students to sign up by Sept. 14.  Sign up for the Kick-off Online!

Stitch_exportEvery fall we participate in the retreats hosted at our church camp, Butler Springs Christian Camp.

The Junior High Retreat is scheduled for Oct. 21-23. If our students went to summer camp, it’s a chance to reconnect with students they met. It’s also a great chance for our group to experience a weekend together. Total cost is $60 and registration is due Sunday, Oct. 2.

The High School Retreat is scheduled for Nov, 4-6. This retreat,due to attendance, is held over two different weekends.  We will attend weekend #1 and, in order to reserve enough spots and get the best price, a $25 deposit is due Sept. 18 (after this date, the price goes up $10).  Total cost for the retreat (if registered by the early bird deadline is $60.

Both weekends provide a great environment for students to connect with their own youth group as well as meet other students.  There are times of singing, teaching, discussion, sports tourneys and other great elements.

 

We want to do our best to communicate well with families.  There are a few different avenues we use to communicate.  Please choose the one(s) that are best for you:

FACEBOOK:: “Like” our IMPACT Student Ministry Page or Wilmington Church of Christ page

INSTAGRAM:: Follow our IMPACT Student Ministry Account

TEXT – text IMPACT909 to 95577 to receive occasional text updates

EMAIL Click here to subscribe to receive occasional email blasts

Website – Visit our WCC Webpage

We are looking forward to a great school year!

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Messy Grace

messy graceAs I was thinking through my review of the book, Messy Grace, I received a text from my wife that a dear friend is planning a wedding at the end of this month; a same-gender wedding. Hearing the news came as a bit of a shock, but also a reminder that the issue of same-gender relationships and marriages is not going away.

In his book, Caleb Kaltenbach shares his story of growing up with gay parents. He tells of his memories of growing up splitting time between mom and dad (as most kids of divorced families have to do). What makes his situation somewhat unique is that the time spent with his mom also involved spending time with Vera, his mother’s partner. Kaltenbach didn’t find out until college that his father was also gay.

The author writes about how his parents responded to people who were opposed to and in favor of the homosexual lifestyle. He tells some not so flattering stories of how “church people” spoke in very unkind ways to his mom and her friends. His mom took him to several events and he had a very close interaction with that particular LGBT.

In the book Kaltenbach shares scriptures and his unique insights into how the church can respond and live out the title of the book, Messy Grace. While there aren’t easy answers to this issue, Kaltenbach speaks with one who has unique insight that most of us don’t have.

While I think this is an important issue that the church is still wrestling with, I found this book to be somewhat of a harder read than I expected. It didn’t engage me as much as I thought it might. Despite that issue, I think this book can be a good tool for those who need some direction in how to show this Messy Grace,

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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